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24 April, 2007

The Big Conversation 2007

Schools are being encouraged to participate in ‘The Big Conversation 2007’ to support the study of the legacies of the transatlantic slave trade

The Department for Education and Skills (DfES) and Understanding Slavery have announced the launch of a new Citizen Resource and ‘The Big Conversation 2007’, a national competition, debate and showcase to encourage Key Stage 3 (KS3) students to explore the legacies of the transatlantic slave trade.

The Citizen Resource, a printed pack for teachers and corresponding website for students, will be framed by a set of research questions linked to the National Curriculum, particularly History and Citizenship.

The project seeks to encourage teachers, educators and students to examine the transatlantic slave trade and its legacies. Schools are encouraged to enter their resulting research into a national competition – ‘The Big Conversation 2007’.

The winning schools will be invited to showcase their research projects and discuss the issues highlighted in their study by participating in ‘The Big Conversation 2007’ debate which will be held on the 6 December 2007 at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich.

The project will be launched in the summer term, however, teachers and secondary schools across England can register their interest now by emailing the Big Conversation (below).

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From Kay Johnston - Brighton and Hove
I would be interested to receive more information about this event. As Citizenship coordinator and teacher of history I am keen to involve our year 9's who are just beginning a unit on this.

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